Does Stackers Hit the Spot?

Stackers Burger Cafe has a couple of hits but the patty, the supposed star of the resto, isn't one of them.

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The latest newbie at Eastwood City Walk, right across Eastwood Mall, Stackers Burger Cafe gets pretty packed at lunchtime. While there are outdoor tables provided, the hot Manila weather just doesn't make them all that inviting. Plus points for the fast and friendly staff who, upon request, can seat you inside the cozy, warmly lit joint as soon as there's a table available.

WHAT TO ORDER: It is a burger café after all, so it was burgers for us. The House Burger (P165), a huge serving of Australian beef patty, American cheese, slightly toasted buns, lettuce, tomato, onion bits, mayo and Stackers original sauce, is a bit of a letdown. The original sauce that hinted of blue cheese is good but the patty is lukewarm and a little dry. Despite the hype about the Australian beef patty, it doesn't compare to its competitors.

The Crispy Chicken Burger (P115), breaded chicken fillet with mayo mustard dressing, is overwhelming at first sight–and we mean that as a compliment. The chicken patty doesn't get dwarfed by the bun or any other condiments, and it's perfectly cooked: crispy outside, juicy and not at all dry inside. The breading was a little on the salty side, but we'd still say this is one of the better chicken burgers out there.

The Fried Mozzarella Sticks (P115) are deadly in a good way. These are five fat sticks seasoned with pepper and herbs and served with yummy Tex-Mex dip sporting just a hint of chili. They're stretchy, gooey, and so filling that the five sticks are good enough for four people, while each burger is good for one hungry person.

For the heavy-duty appetite, Stackers stacks the patties for you with the Double Stacker (P155) and Triple Stacker (P215), and The Massive (P208) and The Extra Massive (P285) for the cheese lovers.

Stackers also has the usual suspects: nuggets, chicken fingers and salads plus coffee drinks, milkshakes, and desserts. They've got the "healthy" Burger Bowl (P155 for barbecue and P138 for Asian) too, which comes with quarter pound beef patty and vegetables. A closer look at the menu hints as to why it could be healthy–you can order it without the burger.

BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE: Pretty much the usual wooden, medium-sized chairs with a few foamed seats here and there. It's a little crowded inside but you'll have no problem getting the attention of the staff.

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WHEN TO GO: Anytime. Stackers is open 24/7. You should have no problem eating there during the peak times of lunch and dinner, as the staff is quite efficient–let's hope they stay that way.

WHAT WE THINK: Though "100% Australian beef patty" was plastered all over the store and menu, the patty doesn't live up to the expectation and price. The Crispy Chicken Burger and Fried Mozzarella Sticks hit the spot, though. Stackers is good enough if you want your meat huge and you want it now, but they should make their patty better if it's supposed to be the star of the show.

Stackers Burger Cafe is located at the ground floor of Eastwood City Walk, Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City.

Photos by Joanna Manalastas and Dyan Zarzuela.

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